House Crow catching an insect on the wing

on 18th January 2019

The House Crow (Corvus splendens) in the image below shows it catching an insect on the wing. Whether it was actually perching nearby and sallied forth when the insect passed by, in which case the behaviour is known as hawking, was not observed. Birds also glean insects when they are perching, taking insects from a nearby branch or trunk. They also snatch insects from the ground.

Crows take both animal and vegetable foods. Animal food includes beetles, butterflies and moths, flies, grasshoppers, bugs, spiders, earthworms, etc. In fact, House Crows eat almost anything. They are scavengers, in Singapore anyway, if not in other countries as well. They are also opportunist feeders.

Earlier posts reported House Crows feeding on bat, most probably a Common Fruit Bat (Cynopterus brachyotis); rat; toad; and fish. They are well known nest robbers, stealing birds’ eggs and chicks.

Melinda & Chan Yoke Meng
16th January 2019

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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2 Responses

  1. In Kerala, South India, the house crow hawks winged termites when they swarm in large numbers and is rarely seen as a general feeding habit. Some of the other species that also opportunistically hawk winged termite swarms include the bee eater, golden-backed woodpecker and oriental magpie. The other species that take advantage of termite swarms are drongos since they forage even during dusk time when termite swarms generally occur.

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